Finding the ideal job is the aim of every job seeker and there are just not enough “ideal jobs” out there for everyone to be satisfied.
That said the task is not impossible! I hope the following tips will help you in your quest and at least mean that you will end up with something close to what you after even if it doesn’t tick every single box.
The holistic approach
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. For instance, register with two recruitment agencies instead of one and at the same time search through other mediums. This might mean applying for jobs advertised directly by potential employers in print or online.
Where to search
Recruitment agencies are a good starting point but do your research and register with the right ones! The best way to tell this is by looking at which jobs they are advertising and reacting accordingly. As above, register with more than one but I would suggest no more than three.
Online job sites are one of the most popular places these days and will carry advertising directly from employers as well as agencies. Check job sites twice a week and try and apply as soon as a job comes live. NB Many employers and agencies will close the job once a certain number of applications have been received.
When applying for jobs make sure you spend some time making sure your cover letter is targeted towards that specific job and entices an employer/agency to call you in for interview.
As above, spend a good amount of time getting your CV just right. Consistency, clarity, no typos, good grammar and no more than two pages in length are the golden rules.
If there is an employer out there you are really interested in working for, please find the contact details for their HR department. Send your CV directly with a targeted cover note explains what positions you are interested in and why you feel that you would be suitable for the job. At the end of the day employers want to avoid paying agency fees so you are doing them a favour!!
Tenacious yet respectful
It is sometimes tempting to question an employer’s or agency’s sanity if they don’t want to see you. Don’t pick up the phone and harangue them! Wait for another job to come up and reapply, having in the meantime tweaked your CV or cover letter. There is nothing wrong with sending a quick email asking whether there was anything specific on the CV that put them off.
Finally, what is the “ideal job” for you? Everyone’s aspirations are very different and before you start applying you need to think hard about what is it you really want to do? Which location would suit you best? What are your long term career aspirations and what is the best step to take in your career to achieve those aims.
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